New Stats Stimulate Focus on the Meaning of Money

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Everyone's life is touched by money in one way or another. This month our authors and experts examine the different ways that money impacts our lives.

This summer’s World Wealth Report says the rich and super rich are getting richer. The super-rich alone became 13.1 trillion dollars richer last year. And the people at the bottom get poorer: today one percent of the U.S. population controls approximately 40 percent of the country’s wealth, up from 13 percent in the late 1970s.

Whether someone believes money is what makes the world go round, or that it’s the root of all evil, everyone has an opinion on the subject.

That’s why youcouldwrite.com, a free, newbie website with a rapidly growing member base, is inviting writers, experts and readers to participate in a month-long exploration of money and its meaning beginning August 7. Wayne Warrington, consumer advocate and founder of LostMoney.info will kick off the discussion with an article about his work in the one–trillion-dollar marketplace of unclaimed property.

Experts in relevant fields, from finance and business to psychology, and writers of every genre, from memoir to satire (and everything in-between), are invited to express themselves and post their work at http://www.youcouldwrite.com. Readers (and writers) can review, rate, and comment. In September, prizes will be awarded to the highest-ranked postings in several categories. Categories include: expert opinion, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, and photographs. In addition, 10 percent of advertising revenue received on the site during the contest will be donated to charity.

This month-long exploration, though, is more than just an opportunity to sound off. It’s an opportunity for long-term growth and learning. At youcouldwrite.com, where each month a timely topic is selected for discussion, members have free access to powerful networking and communication features rarely found under one website roof. In addition the use of standard social and professional networking features like email and profile pages, youcouldwrite.com members can establish blogs, set up and run topic-specific clubs or groups using real-time online discussions and IM, or establish discussion forums, as well as post their work and review and rate other contributors’ work. In other words, all the tools needed for an in-depth exploration of money and its meaning.

Whether we love it, hate, have a lot, or wish we had more, money affects our lives. Everyone with a perspective to share, or who is looking for a new perspective, can benefit. Join the conversation at http://www.youcouldwrite.com.

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